City Spaces & Strings

As part of its 20th Century Perspectives series, the Scottish Ensemble has embarked on a collaboration with internationally renowned artist Toby Paterson. Toby is particularly inspired by the 'Brutalist' architecture in his home town of Glasgow and the collaboration will explore parallels between 20th-Century music and this generally under appreciated period of architecture.

We have been commissioned to produce two films. Firstly, a short trailer to draw attention to the project and to invite potential audience to an exclusive concert and installation to be held in September 2014. Secondly, we will document the event and produce a film to give an overview of the whole project.

We wanted to get the players out of the concert hall and allow them to interact with the buildings in Glasgow - illustrating the synergy between the music and architecture, and also the Ensemble's commitment to exploration and innovation.  You can see the first 'trailer' element here...

Music featured:

Insula Deserta by Estonian composer Erkki-Sven Tüür

Buildings featured:

Hunterian Art Gallery- Designed by William Whitfield and built 1973-78
Adam Smith Building- Designed by David Harvey, Alex Scott Associates, 1967
Boyd Orr Building- Designed by Gleave & Partners, built 1972
Scottish Ambulance Building, Maitland Street, Cowcaddens- Designed by Douglas Bailey and built 1966-70, this building is still partially occupied by the St Andrews First Aid service. This building is of particular interest as it includes details by Bailey's former partner Berthold Lubetkin, the Russian/ Georgian emigré know for his work with Tecton that includes Highpoint 1 & 2 in Highgate and the Penguin Pool at London Zoo. Lubetkin is a direct link to the 20th C. European Avant Garde and even back to Russian Constructivism as can be seen in his suprematist red St Andrews cross on the north facade of the building.
Charing Cross Complex/ Elmbank Gardens by Richard Seifert Co-Partnership, built 1971-75
The film also features mosaic tile detail taken from the original brutalist Paisley campus of the University of West Scotland.